Ohio News Briefs


Authorities identity 3-year-old girl killed in shooting

MOUNT HEALTHY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified a 3-year-old girl who was killed in a shooting in a Cincinnati suburb.

Mount Healthy police say officers found Damia Barnett dead from a gunshot wound when they arrived Friday afternoon at the home she shared with her parents and four siblings. The toddler died in what police are preliminarily calling an accidental shooting.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said the gun was legally owned by a resident of the home, but authorities haven’t said how the child was shot. Police say the child’s mother was in the home at the time of the shooting and was standing outside with other children when officers arrived.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office will review the investigation and make a final determination on whether the shooting was accidental.

Cincinnati shooting survivor reflects on terror, thanks God

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who was injured in a Cincinnati office building shooting that killed three others says he doesn’t know why he lived but that he’s “just happy to be here.”

Brian Sarver tells WPCO-TV he feels like God is in control in the wake of the Sept. 6 shooting at Fifth Third Bancorp headquarters. Officers killed 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez after Perez fatally shot three people and wounded Sarver and 37-year-old Whitney Austin, who is recovering at her home in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sarver says he and co-worker Rick Newcomer, were in disbelief when they were wounded. Sarver, of Lebanon, Ohio, was taken to a hospital where he had emergency surgery to have his spleen removed. The 64-year-old Newcomer died from his wounds.

Police aren’t sure why Perez opened fire.

Toledo says tests show season’s algae bloom is over

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo officials say three consecutive weeks of tests found no toxic microcystin in raw water drawn from the city’s Lake Erie intake crib and that this year’s algae bloom is over.

The Blade reports University of Toledo algae researcher Tom Bridgeman agrees. He says the lake’s western basin is “out of the woods” after a yet another summer of blooms. He doesn’t foresee any recurrences this year as the weather grows colder.

Bridgeman says blooms in some years have extended into October.

Toxins in Toledo’s Lake Erie-fed water system caused a crisis in 2014 that affected 500,000 area residents supplied by the city.

Toledo spent $41 million in 2016 as part of a 10-year, $500 million project to upgrade its water treatment plant.